10 January 2010
Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
Summary from back of book
Review by Kirthi
Gemma Doyle isn't like other girls. Girls with impeccable manners, who speak when spoken to, who remember their station, and who will lie back and think of England when it's required of them.
No, sixteen-year-old Gemma is an island unto herself, sent to the Spence Academy in London after tragedy strikes her family in India. Lonely, guilt ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma finds a chilly reception. But she's not completely alone...she's been followed by a mysterious young man, who warns her to close her mind against the visions.
For it's at Spence that Gemma's power to attract the supernatural unfolds; there she becomes entangled with the school's most powerful girls and discovers her mother's connection to a shadowy group called the Order. It's there that her destiny waits...if only she can believe in it.
I've been forcing myself not to read this because the quote" mysterious young man" happens to share the name of my brother, so you can see how awkward it is. I really didn't like this book because of the choices Gemma made, and how the story was carried out. Gemma was a funny, daring girl that I love, but everyone else, all the other characters, were nothing, like tiny, porcelain dolls with stiff thoughts and actions. A few years ago, I tried reading this, and I remember thinking "This is so boring!" Now that I've read this, I think that it still DID feel boring, but there was something urging me to read one page more until I finally finished it. That little something made me rate this a 3 not a 2. The plot and storyline were confusing and jumbled, I had no idea what was going on. But still, that "little something" makes me want to read the sequel, The Sweet Far Thing, and Rebel Angels.
Conclusion: A goodish book, but not a must read
Movie? - Yes, there's going to be a movie. Hopefully I can finish the series before the movie comes out. I hate when books are turned into movies while still reading the series, because my image of the characters and setting will be replaced with a movie-version, directors imagination image.